Past Events

21 November 2019

Gaining Early Traction - Go To Market and First Revenue

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

2019 GAMIC Winner Presentations

This month we are presenting two winners from the 2019 Global Automotive Mobility Innovation Competition held at Cobo Center during SAE WCX'19 in April 2019. Several NEF coaches volunteered their time to coach GAMIC semifinalists and finalists during the competition year from Nov 2018 to April 2019.

These founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture. This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

S3D Precision Dispensing

Michael Vitek, CEO & Co-Founder. S3D creates specialty print heads and compound ink formulas that enable the manufacturing of flexible, embedded sensors, actuators, and electronics onto contoured and textured surfaces. S3D provides the enabling technology for next-generation electronics.

Orbitless Drives

Robert Eisses, CEO. Orbitless is a patented, novel low-loss gearbox platform enabling ultra-low noise, super high-efficiency gear-heads ideally suited for electric motor applications.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Gaining Early Traction - Go To Market and First Revenue

In addition, we have a panel of experts who will guide you through the challenge every entrepreneur faces when ready to raise money. You need to show some traction - a pilot, a customer or some early adoption. For that you need to devise an effective Go-To-Market strategy and demonstrate to investors how you intend to execute through well-thought-out marketing, sales and financial plans. 

Our panelists will discuss what works and what doesn't, and share those insights with our audience. We hope that this will be of great interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between investors, founders and the audience.

Panelists:

Jonathan Murray, Venture Partner, Draper Triangle Ventures

After double-majoring in English Literature and Biology, Jonathan experimented with careers in journalism in Washington, D.C. (his hometown) and in advertising with major agencies in New York. At the University of Michigan, he founded his first business and discovered a love of entrepreneurship. After receiving his MBA, he spent ten years in Silicon Valley, which included a successful 7-year stint at Spectra Laboratories, where he headed marketing and software development. Fresenius Medical Care purchased the Company in 2007 for $140 million. Jonathan was then recruited to be President of Volk Optical, in Cleveland, which returned him to the Midwest, where he has lived ever since. In 2001 he co-founded Early Stage Partners, an early stage venture capital fund that invested $100 million from two funds. In 2014 Jonathan joined Draper Triangle, opened the firm’s Michigan office, and relocated to Michigan.

Jeff Ponders II, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, TechTown Detroit

Modern-Day Batman. Entrepreneurial, strategic leader producing high-value products & services for consumers and brands. A renaissance man driven by a passion for leading teams, learning, problem-solving, creative expression, and win-win relationships. Believes in the marriage of effective strategy and compelling creative solutions to add value to clients and partners. Keynote Speaker, Innovation Leader, professional Jazz Saxophonist, Managing Partner, The Better Company. Jeff graduated from the Wharton School with a Bachelor in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management.

 

S. Sriram, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ross Marketing Department, Associate Professor of Marketing

Professor Sriram’s research interests are in the areas of brand and product portfolio management, monetizing content, and healthcare. His research has spanned industries including consumer packaged goods, technology products and services, retailing, news media, user-generated content, MOOCs, and the interface of healthcare and marketing. His research has been published in journals such as Marketing Science, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Quantitative Marketing and Economics and the International Journal for Research in Marketing.  He serves as Associate Editor at the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research, and on the editorial review boards of Marketing Science and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. Sriram obtained his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of technology and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Purdue University.

Sean Carroll, Co-Founder, EnBiologics

Sean is an entrepreneur and engineer from the Detroit area. After graduating with a BS in chemical engineering and while working on a MS in biomedical engineering from Wayne State, he enrolled in TechTown’s summer start-up accelerator, DTX Launch Detroit, and started EnBiologics with Ramy Habib. They started the company after doing a project to develop better care for pediatric burn care. While in the program they pivoted from a niche section of pediatric burn care to more general care, and then to veterinary care. The company has achieved early traction in the small pet space with HoneyCure, the first all-natural clinically-proven veterinary wound care product.

 

Ramy Habib, Co-Founder, EnBiologics

Experienced Product Development Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry. Skilled in Method Development, Medical Devices, Spectroscopy, and Clinical Data Management. Ramy is a committed entrepreneur with a Master of Science focused in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University. 

 

 

Moderator:

Stefan Sysko, Agitator, Disruptor, Contrarian, Sysko Thinking LLC

An entrepreneur with a diverse background and over 25 years of experience, Stefan is a consultant, advisor and mentor to start-ups and rapidly-growing businesses, helping turn ideas into focused, viable business plans. He serves as faculty and Business Advisor for Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program in Detroit, is past-president, Program Committee Chair and coach at the New Enterprise Forum, and Lead Facilitator for TechTown’s DTX Launch Detroit Summer Accelerator. He serves on the boards of several startups, and serves as a coach, mentor and judge for a variety of organizations, programs and pitch competitions.

 

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

 

Register

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

17 October 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Past Presenter Update

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

This month Legacy Shave will present their story and give us an update since they initially presented in October 2018 as NEF Showcase Presenter.

Legacy Shave

Mike Gutow, CEO and Co-Founder.  Shaving can be a chore, especially with today’s busy lifestyles. But, what if there was a way to have a better shaving experience and pamper your self at the same time? That’s the idea behind Legacy Shave and The Evolution Brush – a unique, patented technology brings that old-fashioned barber shop experience into your home. The Evolution Brush combines the feel and benefits of a traditional barber shop shaving brush (i.e., hands free shaving cream and a clean, close shave) with the convenience of modern shaving cream and gel shaving cans. Simply attach the shave brush to the can and enjoy the ultimate shaving experience – while traveling back to a more elegant time.

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Pradeep Kalmat, eSimplify.  eSimplify is a Healthcare Analytics company helping Primary Care Practitioners (Family Practice) and groups successfully transition from a fee for service payment model to a value based payment model while increasing revenue.
  • Stephen Ketch, KnoBa.  KnoBa is a B2B SaaS product for small and medium businesses to build and maintain their knowledge bases.
  • Isaac Lymon, RaxPlay.  Raxplay turns music albums into VR/AR experiences using the music theme, storyline, and sound.
  • Lawrence Smith, Twist. It is a free, community-driven, social networking platform that aims to provide effective networking opportunities and resources to our users that are acclaimed, accessible, and inclusive.

(Interested in pitching at a future NEF Pitch Pit event, please apply to NEF Pitch Pit)

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams. The judges are:

Tom Meloche, Author, Educator, and Founder
A co-founder of A2Agile Inc., Tom has overseen the delivery of hundreds of Agile projects with budgets counted in the billions. He has been creating, teaching, and implementing agile methodologies for almost two decades.
 
Tom was a co-founder of one of the most successful little agile software development houses in the country, Menlo Innovations LLC. He consults on how to leverage ceremony, feedback, and metrics to achieve higher levels of engagement and success. Tom has a direct marketer’s view on metrics. His best-selling book Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising was first published in 2011 by the Entrepreneur Press, the third edition was released in 2017.

Tom is a strong advocate for Agile ceremony, something he considers a forgotten art, and authored the book Ceremony: A Profound New Method for Achieving Successful and Sustainable Change, released June 2017.

Charles Penner, Regional Director, Michigan Small Business Development Center – Greater Washtenaw Region

Charlie has been the Regional Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center – Greater Washtenaw Region since 2002.  In that capacity he has directly counseled, or overseen the counseling of, thousands of local small businesses. Charlie currently serves on the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, and he previously served on Boards for Washtenaw County Workforce Development, the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and Think Local First of Washtenaw County.

He has developed and presented numerous small business training sessions and participated in many varied entrepreneurship support activities.  Charlie has also taught a variety of small business and entrepreneurship classes at EMU, WCC and U-M. Prior to joining the MI-SBDC, Charlie was the Director of Consulting Services at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.  In addition, he was a Senior Consultant with Plante Moran and held several management positions with the Gartner Group.  Charlie holds an MPPM from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Hampshire College.

Chris Theisen, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Adapt Technology

Chris is an engineering - sales & marketing executive with more than 25 years in product development solutions for industry including mobility, defense, civil, industrial, and consumer products.  Notable expertise in the US, and international environments in the utilization of advanced engineering technologies relating to product design development, reverse engineering, computer aided simulation, high performance computing, and data analytics.

Involved in the startup d3VIEW, a successful simulation data analytics Michigan company serving the automotive industry, notably d3View sold the naming rights “Xfinity” to comcast. Consulted in the startup of several other mechanical engineering consulting companies focused on the mobility industry.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

REGISTER

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

19 September 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Showcase Presentation

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Life Magnetics

Kevin Hagedorn, Ph. D., President. Life Magnetics manufactures products for processing, storage, and transport of RNA. RNA testing accounts for 40% molecular testing in medical diagnostic labs and research labs, but it's a difficult molecule to work with. Unlike DNA, which is stable for hundreds of years, RNA is stable for only 28 minutes. RNA shipping and transport is set to become a major obstacle for biopharma as RNA drugs and RNA diagnostics are predicted to be two of the biggest growth sectors. The company has the best solution to date for this 40-year-old problem with NASA proposing to use the product on a mission to the International Space Station in 2020.

Kevin is a materials scientist with nine issued patents and seven peer reviewed publications. His expertise is using physics simulations to design materials, devices, and products. He's applied this expertise to a diverse range of problems including the design of solar cells, laser cutting and welding equipment, and now to the transport and storage of RNA for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. He's won two small business grants from the National Science Foundation to develop the product.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Raising Money Locally: Current Trends and Opportunities

In addition, we have a panel of experts who will guide you through current trends in funding, especially funding the early stage deals.

Have you ever wondered what the right steps are to raise startup capital? When you feel "Doomed, Frustrated" and continue to seek funding deals, you don't see too many options. Our experienced panel will 'tell all' the ins and outs of the funding opportunities and challenges in the deal process in this don't miss panel discussion.

We intend to discuss various options available to raise money for your startup. In this month's forum, we want to focus on what founders can do to raise startup capital above and beyond traditional sources of investments. We hope that this will be of greater interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between investors, founders and the audience.

Panelists:

Rob Burnett, Business Development Team, Netcapital, Boston, MA

Rob Burnett is an entrepreneur and member of the business development team at Netcapital. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Rob has been at various times a founder, student startup attorney, Techstars associate, and venture capital associate. He has worked with over 50 companies helping them prepare for fundraising and close investors. In his current role at Netcapital, Rob helps companies of all sizes take advantage of the JOBS Act to raise capital and build a loyal community.

Ray Waters, President, Detroit Development Fund and Managing Director, Detroit Community Loan Fund, Detroit, MI

Ray Waters has been involved with DDF and the DCLF for the past 13 years.  DDF and the DCLF provide growth capital to businesses in Detroit. DDF has grown from a $2 million in loan capability to managing $23 million loan capital. Since inception DDF has loaned and invested $35 million dollars to Detroit companies and projects. Ray provides strategic direction and overall management of DDF, including planning, fund-raising, supervising staff, reporting to the Board of Directors, and meeting with all external investors.

Prior to his involvement with the DDF,  he was a Managing Partner of BBC Ventures. From 1990 – 1999, he served as President of Horizon BIDCO Investment Company, a mezzanine venture fund providing growth capital for companies in Southeastern Michigan. His business career also includes over 20 years experience as CEO and owner of three profitable growth companies, two of which were start up ventures.  He served on the Small Business Advisory Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He has also served on the National Advertising and Franchise Committee of the Hertz Corporation, and the National Distributor Board of the Adolph Coors Company. Mr. Waters has been highly involved in local business communities and organizations.

Kevin Wittrup, Venture Partner, RSVP Capital, Bloomfield Hills, MI

As an early stage entrepreneur and venture partner at RSVP Capital, Kevin has been a key operator in several early stage and technology commercialization ventures, most recently BIOVIGIL Hygiene Technologies. As the co-founder and CEO of BIOVIGIL from 2011-2017, Kevin led the effort to commercialize a sophisticated healthcare technology product and build a team that operationalized the diverse aspects of the business including product development, cloud data applications, installation and maintenance services, clinical implementation and support services, and manufacturing. Kevin is also an active member of the managing board at Advanced Battery Concepts. ABC is a battery technology company based in Claire, MI. that has developed a disruptive bipolar battery technology. Kevin holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Christina York, Founder and CEO of SpellBound, Ann Arbor, MI

SpellBound is an Ann Arbor-based technology startup that is anchoring the $95Bn augmented reality industry in the Midwest. SpellBound is a therapeutic tool that uses augmented reality technology to calm children before medical procedures and increase their cooperation with treatment. SpellBound’s 3D experiences are being used in top-tier pediatric hospitals to distract during painful procedures and encourage motor skill rehabilitation, reducing trauma for children and cost of care for hospitals.

Christina comes from a user experience background and spent 15 years designing technology solutions for health care and higher ed, building high-performing teams and managing 7-figure budgets. She holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Information Science and is active in the STEM movement in southeastern Michigan.

Moderator:

Bill Mayer, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services, Spark, Ann Arbor, MI
Bill Mayer has founded and exited multiple start-ups in the technology and finance sectors. His areas of expertise are in finance, securities and quantitative analysis. He has founded and worked with numerous businesses covering a broad range of industry sectors, ranging from start-up ventures through Fortune 500 companies. Client engagements have covered a broad range of services including market strategy, portfolio structure, and the IPO process. Bill has managed over $125 million in client assets.

Areas of specialty are financial modeling, pricing strategies, the process of private and public equity securitization, management of business assets, and fundraising. He has extensive experience in creating financial models, business valuations, and capitalization tables, as well as navigating advanced business tax issues and the complex issues surrounding securitization. This allows Bill to effectively position clients from an investor’s viewpoint in order to maximize a venture’s ability to receive funding. Bill has held multiple securities broker licenses for over ten years. This positions him to facilitate the placement of capital directly. Bill holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

Register

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

Showcase Presenter: 

15 August 2019

Summer Break - No Forum in August

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Our next Forum event will be on 19 September 2019 as we will be taking a break from our normal Forum schedule for August. However, that does not mean we are taking a break from NEF coaching or participating in other entrepreneurial events around the area.

We are extending to you, our NEF Supporters, a huge thank you and hope to see you again at the September Forum meeting. Details will be posted after returning from our brief respite.

25 July 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Showcase Presenter

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

eScapes Network

Robert A. Oklejas, President and Co-Founder. eScapes Network LLC is a Michigan company that has developed, patented, and produces Therapeutic Relaxation Television whose purpose is to provide anti-stress and anti-anxiety entertainment to both public and private networks. Our first private network product, Relaxation Dental TV has been endorsed by five state dental associations and is now enjoyed by nearly 600 dentists, their staff, and thousands of patients. These Private Television Networks are monetized by Verizon Media’s programmatic advertising platform.

After graduating from college in 1970 Robert enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Vietnam War. Spending nearly four years on an ammunition ship introduced him to the world of power machines and electro hydraulics, so after service he entered the power plant construction industry where his career in that industry culminated with the supervision of  the installation of all machine components of the Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant. During those years, he and his brother Eli developed and patented several hydraulic pump and turbine devices for the desalination industry that lead to the formation of Pump Engineering Inc. in 1986. Pump Engineering sold in late 2009 for $27 Million, an ROI of 3400% for investors. Robert was now “free” to pursue an opportunity he had identified, which was combining radio like programing with television, now known as Therapeutic Relaxation Television. 

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The four entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Julian Bates, Vizier Tech. A patented one way clutch, used in automotive applications as well as electric motors.
  • Lyne Charron-Keller, Smart Bridge Medical. Our product is POPSafe™ Tracheostomy Tube Set. The POPSafe™ Tracheostomy Tube Set is a patented medical device which prevents spontaneous ventilator disconnect of the tracheostomy tube.
  • Raeanna Lewarne, HealthFreelance. HealthFreelance.com is a hiring platform for healthcare.
  • Peter  J. Staver, Make the Connection. Connect to My Attorney (CTMA) is a platform designed to connect lawyers with both present and prospective clients in real time.

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams.

Judges are:

Kim Brown, Senior Marketing Manager, Duo Security.  At Duo Security, Kim is focused currently on events and webinars. Since 2013, she has been involved in several aspects of Duo’s marketing efforts, including pay-per-click ads and more. Brown proudly grew up in a family of business owners and entrepreneurs, and published an art magazine in Ann Arbor for several years that reached its pinnacle as the Official Ann Arbor Art Fair guide. In addition, she has worked closely with Ann Arbor Spark to assist local tech startup companies through marketing programs and mentoring. She has been a judge for the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University (EMU), she currently serves on the board of EMU’s Center for Digital Engagement, (CDE) and is the executive in residence for CDE’s summer intern clinic program run in partnership with Ann Arbor Spark.

Ashwin Puri - Associate, Invest Detroit Ventures.  At Invest Detroit Ventures Ashwin's responsibilities include sourcing & leading the diligence process for new investments in addition to supporting portfolio companies and community efforts. ID Ventures is one of the most active early-stage investors in the state, investing in 110+ Michigan-based startups since its inception in 2010, consisting of 54 percent diverse founders and leveraging $800M+ in additional funding. IDV is also the program manager of Hacker Fellows and the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC). Ashwin is a graduate of Georgetown University where he co-founded the D.C.-area’s first university startup accelerator.

 

Paul Riser, Jr., Director, Detroit Urban Solutions, TechTown, Detroit.  Paul serves as the inaugural Director of Detroit Urban Solutions at TechTown, Detroit. This role entails leading a technology innovation consortium dedicated to advancing the growth of Detroit’s technology ecosystem and supporting the development of solutions to challenges that face Detroit and other urban areas. The core areas of focus are mobility, digital health, civic and smart city technologies. Prior to taking on the role as Director of Detroit Urban Solutions, Paul was the Managing Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit where he guided the design, execution and management of the nonprofit's technology programming for early stage companies. This included support for tech startups in the form of business acceleration, proof of concept, university and health care system commercialization and incubation services.

Riser is an entrepreneur, chief technologist, information officer and systems engineer with more than 20 years of professional experience working with start-up firms to global enterprises in the areas of IT systems administration, systems architecture, technology integration, technical pre-sales support and medical device development. Prior to joining TechTown, Riser served as chief technology and information officer for Innovative Health Technologies, a Detroit biotech startup developing health care solutions in the form of regenerative, biomimetic medical devices. Riser is also the CEO of the Riser Group, a Northville-based IT and business development consulting firm. In addition, Riser is a founding member of the Legacy Associates Foundation, board member and equity partner of B.L.A.C. Magazine, co-Founder of the MedHealth Innovation Cluster and Board Member of the New Detroit Coalition, Motown Museum, LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow), Together.health Steering Committee Member, Cranbrook Institute of Science, International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), Gener8tor Accelerator (Madison, WI) and the National Advisory Board for University of Michigan's Fast Forward Medical Innovations (FFMI).

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

REGISTER

 

Showcase Presenter: 

20 June 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Showcase Presentation

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

EagleView Imaging

Francis Glorie, CEO. EagleView Imaging, Inc. (“EagleView”), is a Michigan company developing state of the art imaging technologies for doctors, surgeons and other medical specialists. Our first product, a 3D augmented reality (AR), ergonomic desktop surgical planning system will make complex neurosurgery intuitive and precise at an affordable cost.

In more than 40 years of executive leadership and technology startups, Francis has played critical roles in seven startups, four large-scale turnarounds and three large financial exits and post-merger restructurings in the IT and MedTech sectors. Throughout, he gained a reputation as a skilled strategist, negotiator and international business developer, driving partnerships and large transactions. Francis is currently the Co-founder and CEO of EagleView Imaging, Inc., a medical imaging early stage company. He is also a board member at New Enterprise Forum in Ann Arbor

PANEL DISCUSSION: Building a Team at an Early Stage (Before you get funding)

In this month's forum we have a panel of experts who will guide you through understanding importance of building a great team for your startup before you get funding. Building a solid team for a startup is extremely important. Generally, founders begin with sharing roles as CEO, CTO and CMO in early stages. The question always how do you build a team prior to getting any funding.

This enlightening panel discussion, from entrepreneurs and investors who have gone through this journey and are eager to share their experiences, will be ideal for you and will assist you with making your company venture-ready. Come and learn about the challenges, the opportunities and the strategies in building an effective team for your venture.

We hope that this will be of greater interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between investors, founders and the audience.

Panel:

We have an outstanding panel of investors and entrepreneurs. 

Linda M. Fingerle, CPA, MBA - President and Managing Director, Tappan Hill Ventures

Linda brings over 25 years of business and finance experience to the Tappan Hill Team including eight years in Venture Capital serving as CFO and Principal of EDF Ventures in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While at EDF, she served as a board member and acting CFO for a tech start-up internet technology company. She was also board observer and managed EDF’s operations.

Linda served on the board and was Audit Committee Chair for Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTM) a Michigan based biotech. She also provided strategic & financial consulting to an Ann Arbor based biotech start-up culminating in a successful exit in 2009. Prior to EDF, Linda was a Group Operating President for MascoTech, Inc., a Michigan based Manufacturing Corporation. Linda was active in MascoTech’s robust M & A program as well as oversight responsibilities for several operating units. Prior to MascoTech, Linda was a Group Operating Vice-President with TriMas Corporation, an Ann Arbor-based industrial proprietary products manufacturer, and a key member of TriMas's strategic acquisition team and played a key role in expanding TriMas's growth & profitability via acquisitions.  TriMas was acquired by MascoTech, Inc. at a purchase price of $1.4 billion representing 10 times EBITDA. Previously, she was a Senior Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen & Co., where she performed due diligence for financings and acquisitions for early stage public and private companies. Linda earned her MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University (CPA in the State of Michigan).

David J. Morin

Dave Morin is a serial entrepreneur, intrapreneur, angel investor and technology executive having co-founded, led or managed innovation for numerous companies for over 25 years.Dave’s hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, innovation and early stage investing provides unique insights for the organizations he leads and works with.

Currently, Dave is involved with numerous technology firms.He is a co-founder and executive of Impellia, a human performance data analytics company, a co-founder and Chairman of Mountain Pass Solutions, a provider of faculty affairs workflow technology, a board member of AlertWatch, a healthcare analytics firm, the Director of Tappan Hill Ventures, an angel investment fund. Prior to Impellia, Dave was the Co-Founder and CEO of Cielo MedSolutions LLC, an Ann Arbor, MI-based health care technology organization that was acquired by The Advisory Board Company (Washington DC) and the Vice President at HomeTown Communications Network, a publisher of over 70 newspapers and over 25 phone directories in Southeast Michigan and the greater Cincinnati area that was acquired by Gannett in 2005.Prior to these positions, Dave was involved in other Michigan and East Coast-based technology and consulting firms in numerous industries. Dave is a frequent speaker, both nationally and internationally, on entrepreneurship and on the use of technology in healthcare.  He is also actively engaged in community-based social entrepreneurship for a variety of Detroit-area organizations and causes and is the Vice Chair of Samaritas, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Michigan providing communities of service.

Thomas S. Vaughn, Esq, Dykema

Thomas S. Vaughn, Esq., Member, Dykema Gossett PLLC, practices as part of the firm’s Corporate Finance Practice Group.  He is Co-Leader of Dykema’s Mergers and Acquisition Group, Mr. Vaughn’s practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, public company securities compliance and private placements of securities involving institutional, venture capital and private investors, with a focus on companies involved in automotive and emerging technologies.  His clients range from start-up companies to middle to market companies.  He counsels public and non-public companies on issues surrounding raising capital, mergers; stock purchases; asset acquisitions; commercial loan financings; board of director meetings and general board relations; stock-based employee benefits plans; anti-takeover defense mechanisms; joint ventures; and the drafting and negotiation of a broad array of business agreements.   

Mr. Vaughn has led Dykema’s Annual M&A Outlook Survey for all fourteen years of its publication.  He frequently speaks and authors articles on merger and acquisition matters.  Mr. Vaughn has served on the Board of Association of Corporate Growth, Detroit Chapter, since 2017. Mr. Vaughn earned a B.S. B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  He was named as “Lawyer of the Year” in Securities/Capital Markets Law by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2019. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken SC.  He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2019 for Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC). 

Moderator:

Kristin Welch

Kristin Welch is a veteran of the mobility ecosystem both in Southeast Michigan and beyond. For two and a half years, she helped lead the ride sharing startup SPLT (Techstars Mobility ‘15) through growth, globalization and then acquisition by Robert Bosch GmbH in February of 2018. Subsequently, has been an Advisor and Strategist for numerous startups, including the autonomous delivery vehicle company Bedestrian. Bedestrian unveiled its first delivery bot to much acclaim at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Parkofon, based in Washington D.C., is a next-generation parking solution and another company she's mentored in the mobility space. Kristin coaches founders through the New Enterprise Forum (NEF), works on the organizing committee for the Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) and judges multiple pitch competitions nationwide. 

Prior to startups, Kristin held international roles at the consulting and financial firm Deloitte. Having received a B.A. in Accounting, she spent 15+ years at Deloitte, including leading global teams in Boston, Zurich, London and New York City. In 2015, she obtained an Executive MBA from the Ross School of Business. Kristin now enjoys working with Ford X, Ford Motor Company's venture incubator, to validate new mobility ventures and business models and to help shape the future of transportation.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

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The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

 

 

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16 May 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Past Presenter Update

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

This month Carrot Pass will present their story and give us an update since they initially presented in May 2017 as NEF Showcase Presenter.

Carrot Pass

Michael Antaran, Founder and CEO

CARROT is a mobile health & wellness program that motivates participants on an individual level. Its proprietary algorithm allows members to compete equally for rewards, providing instant gratification for meeting personalized goals. CARROT's easy-to-manage program delivers three times the engagement at one-sixth the cost of traditional fitness initiatives.

Michael Antaran is the Founder and CEO of Marvel Apps, an independent software company based in Royal Oak. A lifelong Metro Detroiter, Michael earned degrees from Wayne State and Central Michigan before spending 15 years as a powertrain engineer with Chrysler and General Motors. Michael took the lessons learned in the auto industry - primarily, a focus on customer experience - to successfully guide his own company.

Since 2008, Marvel Apps has specialized in creating fun, engaging mobile games - and in January 2016, they gamified health and wellness with an innovative program called "CARROT".

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The four entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Lilly DeRamos, Creation House. Creation House is a costume shop, where you can gather all of your costume needs and it would be a one stop shop for cosplayers.
  • Sushanta Das, AVSENTRIC.  An Autonomous Vehicle neighborhood watch system.
  • Heather Martel, ProjectFRED. A revolutionary new way of buying, selling, investing and managing commercial real estate.
  • Andrew M. K. Nassief, Stark Drones Corporation. A more cost efficient infrastructure system that utilizes proprietary research to change the way wireless signaling, energy consumption, etc. is distributed.

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

REGISTER

18 April 2019

NEF Past Presenter Update and Panel Discussion

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Past Presenter Update

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques i sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

This month Mandy and Pandy will present their story and give us an update since they initially presented in January 2018 as NEF Showcase Presenter.

Mandy and Pandy

Christopher Lin, CEO of Mandy and Pandy
The strength of Mandy and Pandy lies in its magic power to arouse curiosity among young kids, who will then be engaged to learn the language with interest and fun. Everything in the book (texts pictures, activities, etc.) was meticulously developed for this purpose. Mandy and Pandy Co. was formed in 2007 with success in the book market - teaching American kids Chinese.  With Chinese becoming more important in the global economic and cultural landscape, the company was re-invigorated in 2016 with a more ambitious B2B model selling to schools.  The proven content is being digitized to scale and penetrate the school market.  

Read Mandy and Pandy's full Showcase Presenter profile

 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Financial Modeling and Key Metrics in a Startup Environment

In addition, we have a panel of experts who will guide you through understanding importance of financials in presenting your venture to investors.

Although you can start a business with just an idea and very little money, you usually can’t progress too far without thinking about finances.  Will this business make money?  How?  What are some of the key assumptions you need to consider?  How do you show potential investors that a good return is feasible?

There are certain things investors are looking for in the financials presented by entrepreneurs in their executive summary or initial investor pitch when they are seeking funding. Although no forecast can be counted on with certainty, investors look for a reasonable business model, expectations of sales growth and cash flow, P&L forecasts, and valid assumptions behind any plan. They also look for red flags: sure signs that the numbers are not to be trusted and that the founding team might need too much help. In this month's forum, we want to focus on what founders can do to use Financials to emphasize their story.  We are including some founders on our panel to tell us what worked and didn't work from the founder perspective. 

We hope that this will be of greater interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between investors, founders and the audience. 

Moderator:

Lee Gorman.  Lee Gorman is the founder of Barton Consulting Services, LLC, Mentor in Residence at Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University, and works with SPARK’s Entrepreneurial Services to connect startups with the resources they need.  She has participated in SPARK’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp for years and now serves as Director.

Lee’s first career was in the automotive industry, with over 20 years in all aspects of product development, culminating with positions as vehicle Chief Engineer and Director of Product Planning.

In her consulting practice, Lee combines practical planning and effective execution to achieve sustainable success for businesses and nonprofit organizations.  She has particular expertise in assisting start-up and early stage companies develop their businesses, and in coaching their founders and leaders in the business aspects of bringing their ideas to market.  She has done extensive work for local startups and early-stage companies, including serving as Director of the Automotive Business for Coherix, Inc., and COO for WriteSteps, LLC.   In addition to being a frequent judge for business plan competitions, Lee enjoys mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs.  She has served on the Boards of two start-ups, as well as many non-profits.

Lee holds both an MBA and a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a BSME from Lawrence Technological University.

Panelists:

Mark Ritz is a member of the Screening Committee of the Michigan Angel Fund. In this capacity he is directly involved in the entire process of reviewing business plans, financial pro forma’s and investor pitches, conducting due diligence investigation and constructing investment term sheets. He also assists Spark’s Entrepreneurial Services team by working with companies to prepare the business plan and financial statements required to apply for a Business Accelerator grant. He has been a member of the Boot Camp teaching team for 5 years. He originally attended Boot Camp in Spring 2010 while serving as Director of Business Development for Shepherd Intelligence Systems, a transportation tech start-up.

Mark serves on the Board of Directors of Attune Medical, an early stage medical device company and is a Board Observer for Groundspeed Analytics, an early stage insurtech company and former Boot Camp graduate.

Prior to becoming involved in Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, Mark spent 35 years in the automotive industry with Ford, Allied Signal, Siemens, United Technologies and Lear, focusing on commercialization of new products and technologies. This work led to his establishing joint development partnerships with outside companies. Ultimately, as Vice President, Corporate Development, he was responsible for evaluating and implementing corporate transactions. In this role he led teams to execute over two dozen business deals including acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Mark participated on the Board of Directors of several of these new joint ventures, guiding them through their start-up phase.

Mark received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Gerry Roston is currently working with Spectrum Health Innovations as an EIR focused on assessing the market potential of new medical devices. He has served as the CEO of Civionics, a University of Michigan startup that delivers intelligent sensor-based systems to manufacturers to help them minimize unplanned downtime; and he was an Executive-in-Residence at TechTown Detroit, where he helps entrepreneurs transition their ideas into sustainable businesses.

 

 

Kevin Wittrup.  As an early stage entrepreneur and venture partner, Kevin has been a founder and key operator in several early stage companies and technology commercialization ventures, most recently BIOVIGIL Hygiene Technologies LLC, CardioSounds, LLC and Orasis Systems, LLC. As the co-founder and CEO of BIOVIGIL from 2011-2017, Kevin led the effort to commercialize a sophisticated healthcare technology product and build a team that operationalized the diverse aspects of the business including product development, cloud data applications, installation and maintenance services, clinical implementation and support services, and manufacturing. Kevin is also an active member of the managing board at Advanced Battery Concepts. ABC is a battery technology company based in Claire, MI. that has developed a disruptive bipolar battery technology. Kevin holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

REGISTER

 

21 March 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Showcase Presentation

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Giggso

Ravi Venugopla, CEO and Founder

Ravi is a serial entrepreneur, innovator and data evangelist. He specializes in Big data, AI/ML and Data engineering. Ravi has vertical experience for more than two decades in Finance, Automotive & Retail business areas. Ravi has successfully completed two exits. Giggso is his third venture.

Giggso is an integrated big data platform to manage collaboration tools and business apps, with cross-platform search, engagement incentives, and actionable insights. Giggso is available on saas or customized for the enterprise with their business and security needs.

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

Our Pitch Pit participants will be:

Assam Alzookery, Intvo.  INTVO uses behavioral artificial intelligence (AI) to break through the boundaries of autonomous vehicle technology and improve safety. INTVO combines advanced vision systems with a complex and robust data set to bring true understanding of human behavior to the road.

Luke Donahue, Greek Loans.  Greek Loans is a peer-to-peer lending platform for members of Greek systems.  The platform raises funds from local alumni associations to invest in the futures of their undergraduate membership.

Sharen Eddings, Codewithsharen LLC.  Codewithsharen teaches coding to teachers so that teachers can teach their Students. Codewithsharen offers effective, low-cost STEM courses via our Software as a Service (SaaS) STEM E-Learning software.

Anjan Saha, Deooxylytics, LLC.  Our software solution is a diabetes-focused standalone bedside clinical-decision support tool that can integrate, weigh, and quantify sources of heterogeneity in therapeutic responses to produce personalized, clinically actionable recommendations that will optimize outcomes benefits for patients evaluated with this tool.

Our Pitch Pit judges will be:

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams.

Dave Repp

Dave focuses on the creation of life science start-up companies and business opportunities based on technologies discovered and developed at the University of Michigan.  He has over 15 years of experience in research commercialization, new venture creation, and business consulting in the life sciences and high tech industries.

Before joining the Venture Center, Dave was President and COO of Gema Diagnostics, a venture-backed molecular diagnostics company seeking to improve clinical outcomes in in vitro fertilization.  Prior to Gema, he was a founder and Vice President of University of Michigan spin-out, Avidimer Therapeutics.  He consulted at ANGLE Technology, a venture investment and management consulting firm focused on life sciences and high tech opportunities in the US and UK, and Deloitte Consulting where he was on the Strategic Advisory Team for the firm’s High Tech Industry Practice.

Dave earned his MBA (Samuel Zell Scholar) from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Melanie de Vries

As a member of the Michigan SBDC TechTeam, Melanie advises advanced technology founders and executives on strategic business planning, market analysis and positioning, customer discovery, go-to-market strategies, marketing and sales, brand development, and partner and customer management. 

Melanie’s experience includes over a decade as a growth consultant for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 and serving as CEO with edtech/fintech start-ups Kidtelligent and PaymentScholar. She was also the senior marketing officer for Deloitte & Touche/Deloitte Consulting, The Learning Care Group and ForeSee Results. Melanie is a graduate of The University of Michigan.  She lives with her husband and two daughters in Ann Arbor. 

Warren Galloway

Warren S. Galloway, Jr., owner of Warren Galloway & Associates LLC, has more than 14 years of executive level banking and 20 years of small business experience, working in many capacities with nonprofit groups, individuals, and businesses. Mr. Galloway has served in key positions at some of the largest national and regional financial institutions in the United States—among them E*TRADE Bank, Charter One Bank (now known as Citizens Bank), Standard Federal Bank (now known as Bank of America), and NBD Bank (now known as Chase Bank)—holding a number of posts in Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, Community Reinvestment (CRA), Community Development, Personal and Mortgage Lending, Investments, Small Business Lending, and Retail Branch Operations.

Mr. Galloway earned a B.S. in Marketing/Business Administration from Central Michigan University, as well as a J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

 

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

REGISTER

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21 February 2019

NEF Celebrates Entrepreneurship - Annual Awards

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

The February 2019 meeting is our 33rd birthday party, where we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. Join in on the fun as we celebrate entrepreneurialism by awarding the 2018 NEF Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Guess which 2018 NEF Showcase Presenters will take home pitch awards for Best Presentation, Best Technology and Best Business Model. Be a part of coaching, perfecting and connecting at NEF where entrepreneurs rule!

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Guest Presentation

This month we have invited Jeff Mason, Co-CEO of Groundspeed Analytics to be our Guest Presenter. Last February Jeff received NEF 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Groundspeed closed a $30 million Series-B investment last year. We invited Jeff to tell his story to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

Groundspeed

Jeff Mason is the Founder and co-CEO of Groundspeed Analytics. Formed in early 2016, this innovative InsurTech utilizes machine learning to transform unstructured commercial insurance documents into actionable intelligence. By making the process more accurate and efficient, insurance carriers and brokers now have a game-changing tool to advance their information advantage. Groundspeed closed a $30 million Series-B investment from Oak HC/FT in July, 2018. The investment is being deployed to accelerate product development and customer success.
 
Prior to Groundspeed, Jeff served as Senior Vice President and executive committee member of Chelsea Rhone, an insurance holding company where he led analytics, captive management and all innovation efforts. It was during this time Jeff first caught the entrepreneur bug and founded QAreader.com, an insurtech SaaS company and Evolucent, a risk management consultancy.  Jeff learned to code while working at Nickelodeon Animation Studios, helping cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants and CatDog take shape. (He swears that the cartoon characters created in Pasadena are nothing compared to the characters he’s met in insurance.) Jeff holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

2018 Entrepreneur of the Year

Dug Song, Vice President and General Manager, Cisco and Co-Founder, Duo Security

A leading voice in information security, Dug has a history of building successful products and companies to solve pressing security problems. Prior to launching Duo, Dug spent seven years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80 percent of the world’s Internet service providers and helping to grow the company to $120M+ annual revenue before its acquisition by Danaher. He also built the first commercial network anomaly detection system, acquired by Check Point Software Technologies.

2018 Rising Star of the Year

Find out who is NEF’s "2018 Rising Star of the Year” as we present this newly-created award to celebrate entrepreneurs who are on their way to becoming household names.

2018 NEF Showcase Presenter Awards

Here are the contenders for the 2018 Showcase presenter awards. They worked hard. They all deserve congratulations on their presentations, but only three will be taking home an award for their outstanding efforts.

The winners’ names remain secret until show time, even they do not know which award they have won.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

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